Congress Returns

Congress back at work, senate begins debating another judicial nominee

Congress gets back to work today with the Senate considering another of the president's judicial nominations.

It begins debating the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Democrats blocked the nomination a year and-a-half ago. But this time her confirmation is guaranteed as part of the deal reached by moderates last month that avoided a showdown over judicial filibusters.

In addition to judicial nominations, lawmakers will deal with a variety of issues as they return from their Memorial Day break. They include an energy bill, a highway bill, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

In addition, John Bolton's nomination to be UN ambassador remains before the Senate. His nomination has been blocked by Democrats who charge the White House has stonewalled on providing information that might prove damaging to Bolton.